Believe it or not, Newt Gingrich still thinks he has a chance to become President. But he isn’t helping himself by criticizing the President for offering his sympathies to the family of Trayvon Martin.
On Friday, President Obama thoughtfully spoke about the shooting of Trayvon Martin, saying that if he had a son, he would look like Trayvon. Instead of offering his own sympathies Newt Gingrich focused on that comment and went on the war path. Even though Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have both offered their sympathies in response to the tragedy, Newt Gingrich decided to attack President Obama. On Friday, during an appearance on The Sean Hannity Radio Show, Gingrich called President Obama’s comment ‘disgraceful’ and ‘appalling.’
“What the president said, in a sense, is disgraceful. It’s not a question of who that young man looked like. Any young American of any ethnic background should be safe, period. We should all be horrified no matter what the ethnic background. Is the president suggesting that if it had been a white who had been shot, that would be OK because it didn’t look like him. That’s just nonsense dividing this country up. It is a tragedy this young man was shot. It would have been a tragedy if he had been Puerto Rican or Cuban or if he had been white or if he had been Asian American of if he’d been a Native American. At some point, we ought to talk about being Americans. When things go wrong to an American, it is sad for all Americans. Trying to turn it into a racial issue is fundamentally wrong. I really find it appalling.”
Here’s the audio via Mediaite.
What is truly appalling is that Newt Gingrich would use this tragedy as an opportunity to accuse the President of being a racist, when in fact, President Obama was being personal and identifying with the family who lost their son. If Gingrich had actually paid attention to everything President Obama said, he would have heard the President trying to unify Americans. Instead, Gingrich chose to be nasty as always. Here is what President Obama had to say in full.
“I’ve got to be careful about my statements to make sure we’re not impairing any investigation that’s taking place right now. But obviously this is a tragedy. I can only imagine what these parents are going through and when I think about this boy, I think about my own kids. I think that every parent in America should be able to understand why it is absolutely imperative that we investigate every aspect of this, and that everybody pulls together, federal, state and local to figure out exactly how this tragedy happened…But my main message is to the parents of Trayvon Martin. You know, if I had a son, he would look like Trayvon. And I think they are right to expect that all of us as Americans are going to take this with the seriousness it deserves and we’re going to get to the bottom of exactly what happened.”
Here’s the video of that via Raw Story.
Newt Gingrich is the one who really wishes to divide America. For decades, Gingrich has been the nastiest and most hateful politician in the country. He certainly has never been a friend to the African-American community. Nor has he been a friend to any other ethnic group. Here are just three very racist quotes by Newt in recent years.
1. “We should replace bilingual education with immersion in English so people learn the common language of the country and they learn the language of prosperity, not the language of living in a ghetto.”
~Newt Gingrich, talking about the Spanish language.
2. “What if [Obama] is so outside our comprehension, that only if you understand Kenyan, anti-colonial behavior, can you begin to piece together [his actions]?” Gingrich asks. “That is the most accurate, predictive model for his behavior.”
~Newt Gingrich, calling President Obama a Kenyan instead of an American.
3. “Over here you have a policy which, with Reagan and me as speaker, created millions of jobs — it’s called paychecks. Over here you have the most successful food stamp president in American history, Barack Obama.”
There’s only one man here who is dividing America with racism and that man is Newt Gingrich. Rather than join the President in expressing sympathies to the Martin family in this time of tragedy, Gingrich chose to use this opportunity to attack President Obama and brand him as a racist. It’s a shame that some Republicans still support Gingrich at all.